Scott J. Emrich

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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See my most recent updates on Twitter via @ScottEmrich

Email: semrich at           Phone: 865-974-3891
Office: Min H. Kao Building, Room 608        Knoxville, TN

Brief Bio

I received a BS in Biology and Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation, I received a ISU Research Excellence award and the university-wide Zaffrano Prize for Graduate Research. Starting after graduation in 2007 I spent the first ten years of my career as a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, and now am an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel and distributed computing, and the intersection of biological applications and second and third-gen sequencing. Nearly all of my research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).



Recent Teaching

Research group @UTK

Research group @ND

Group Alumni (largely Notre Dame)

Recent Professional Activities

Bioinformatics updates

Recent updates via @UTKbioinform

News archive (pre twitter 2014 and after)

August 2015
- New R21 arrives with Emrich as PI to look at genome structure in Culex mosquitoes.

November 2015
- Rhodnius genome (kissing bug) published in PNAS. Continues to be one of the most read papers at UND according to ResearchGate.

August 2015
- Lauren Assour successfully defends her PhD thesis. Congrats Lauren!!

June 2015
- Paper on incipient speciation in Rhagaletis published in Ecology Letters

November 2014
- Two flagship papers from the Anopheles genome consortium published in Science. Aaron Steele (introgression) and Lauren Assour (synteny) key contributors. Emrich co-led the second paper on the gambiae complex with Matt Hahn and Nora Besansky.

June 2014
- Emrich and Besansky receive an NIH R21 to improve the genome of a neglected malaria vector.
- Aaron Steele received a ISMB travel award to present work related to R21. Congrats Aaron!
- Olivia Choudary and Nick Hazekamp present their work at CCGrid. Congrats!

May 2014
- Emrich and others receive an internal $100K grant (inc. cost share) to purchase 6 high memory machines for bioinformatics.

March 2014
- Novel virus discovered by Emrich and characterized by collaborators published in PLoS ONE.
- Shanw O'Neil's paper on expression differences under climate change published in Molecular Ecology.